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diamond waffle / mock wave cable socks


US 0 / 2.0 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs
US 1 / 2.25 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs

Yarn: Fleece Artist Nova Socks
1 skein = 355.0 yards (324.6m)
Colorway amethyst
Purchased at Stitches West in Santa Clara, California

This one shows the color better:
mock wave cable toe-up socks

This one shows the wavy rib pattern:
mock wave cable toe-up socks

I started out with this yarn thinking I was going to make Diamond Waffle socks, but the yarn is variegated and didn’t look good with the pattern.

So I decided to use the cable pattern from the Mock Wave Cable socks in Favorite Socks. That is a top-down pattern, but it seemed like the pattern would work toe-up also. So these socks are sort of a combination of the two patterns.

Tried KnitPicks rosewood circulars to start this, they were too grabby with the yarn. Switched to the nickel plated ones. Can’t figure out the “lighter circular beginning” cast-on to save my life, so did Judy’s magic cast-on instead.

I have thick insteps and ankles so I switched from size small to size medium at the point where the increases started. After turning the heel, I switched from size 0 to size 1 needles.

The 2-ply merino superwash yarn is nice to work with. It produces pretty, subtle color changes and a thick yummy fabric when ribbed. It also blooms sweetly when washed.


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Apr. 27th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous!

I haven't attempted socks yet. I've been doing sweaters for 30 years and lots of scarves lately, moving into lace patterns, but socks just haven't grabbed me yet, plus I'll admit to being a little intimidated by the thought of them, which I'm sure is silly.
Apr. 27th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
socks and scarves
Hey, there's nothing wrong with not doing socks. Given your excellent example, I have been enjoying myself doing nothing but scarves. And really only one stitch, too. I've finished a few, have a few more mostly done, and am in the middle of two. It's fun, because I can play with all of the different yarns without getting caught up in other, more complicated things.

Gorgeous socks, firecat!
Apr. 27th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: socks and scarves
Thanks! And yeah, there's no rules that say You Must Knit Socks. You get to knit just what you want!
Apr. 27th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)

I didn't think knitting socks made sense given they are so cheap to buy, but then I discovered how happy it makes me to have hand knit socks.

Which part seems intimidating?
Apr. 27th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Which part seems intimidating?

Using the dpns (I use circulars for almost everything) and turning the heel. Also, I tend to knit while doing other things, so having to pay attention during increases etc, seems inconvenient to me. I have a sweater that is very close to being done, but I'm at a decrease row on the neckline and just haven't sat down to it with intention in about 6 weeks now. OTOH, my stash has somewhat organically come to include several nice sock yarns, so perhaps I will use one of them for a pair of socks instead of a scarf.
Apr. 27th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
You can use two circulars for socks or any tubular knitting. I prefer that method because there's less risk of the yarn falling off the needles.

I have some tricks with stitch markers that make it easier for me to keep track of increases/decreases. But I know what you mean about the difference beween knitting you have to pay attention to and knitting you don't.

As for turning the heel, it does require attention because you have to count. But otherwise it's not hard; the pattern usually includes line by line instructions.
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Very pretty!
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
mad skillz
i think it's really cool that you're now at the point where you can just substitute a different pattern and even turn it around for part of the sock when the original plan doesn't pan out.
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: mad skillz
Thanks...actually I can't follow a pattern verbatim to save my life. But it's certainly useful to know that I can knit socks toe-up even if the pattern I want to use is top-down. (For some patterns.)
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Ooh pretty. Of course with the purple that was guaranteed :-).
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
yay purple! :)
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
eee! pretty!

So, since my lace-obsession has begun giving way to a sock-obsession, would you recommend the Favorite Socks book as a second book on socks? I got the basics from Sensational Knitted Socks but I'm not feeling inspired by that book anymore.

I'm also tempted to just Make Stuff Up, but I have this sneaking suspicion that there's more sock wisdom out there I could absorb.
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! What sort of inspiration do you want from a sock book?
May. 2nd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Something more than "here's forty-six more stitch patterns you can use on the instep of your sock!" which is mostly what's left for me in the SKS book. SKS feels like one designer's take on sock construction -- granted, there's top-down and toe-up options, there's a couple of different kinds of toe options, but it still feels like one person's wisdom.

I guess I'm looking to deepen my understanding of sock construction.
May. 2nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I deepened my understanding of sock construction by taking a class called "design your own socks" by JC Briar. It's a good class and I think she's in your neck of the woods. In the class she recommended the following other resources:
  • Cool Socks, Warm Feet, Lucy Neatby—patterns, tops, tips
  • Ethnic Socks and Stockings, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts—Eastern socks, toe-up, with inserted heels, historical, several toes and heels covered. charts. "inspirational".
  • Folk Socks, Nancy Bush—Western Europe socks, history, and patterns based on historical examples. flap and gusset heels.
  • Knit Socks! Betsy McCarthy—patterns, some in worsted weight. tips. suggestions for ways to use self patterning yarns.
  • Ribbing Plain & Fancy Slayton—booklet, mini stitch dictionary, design advice
  • Sensational Knitted Socks, More Sensational Knitted Socks Charlene Schurch—many sizes, gauges, stitch patterns arranged by size
  • Simple Socks, Plain & Fancy, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts—Unusual short-row method using yarn overs and decreases
  • Simply Socks Anna Zilboorg—Turkish socks (toe up)
  • Socks, Socks, Socks, Elaine Rowley—70 varied patterns
  • Designing Knitwear, Deborah Newton

People have also recommended Cat Bordhi's books (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles and New Pathways for Sock Knitters); I haven't investigated them myself.
May. 2nd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
yay, thanks!

My local library has Folk Socks and New Pathways for Sock Knitters so I've put them on hold.
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